Finding your purpose in life can seem impossible, but we can tell you how writing a book can help. Now, you may already have dreams of writing your own book, as so many people do. The reality is that—while many of us have big dreams, only 1% of us dreamers actually take the plunge and become published authors.
There are many reasons why it’s easier to dream of authorship than it is to make it happen. Lack of time, life commitments, perfectionism…so many diversions and excuses along the way can put an end to our dreams of becoming an author before the writing process has begun.
Finding Your Purpose: How Writing a Book Can Help
When your book is written and published, certain doors may open for the first time: You can make new connections, grow your business, and earn new sources of income. These are the tangible benefits of writing a book, but what about the deeper meaning?
Writing your book and becoming an author can instill your life with something beyond a better job, more money, or more networked connections: Writing a book can create a new meaning in your life. For some lucky authors, writing a book can be the gateway to finding their unique life purpose.
Here are some of the purposes in life you can explore as a newly minted author:
Purpose #1: A Job and Life You Love
Life is fleeting. Many of us are so entrenched in the daily routine of work, work, and more work that we have to force ourselves to stop and take a look around. When you lift your nose from the grindstone, you may find yourself wondering, “Is this ALL there is?”
Have you ever wondered if you could take a step off the corporate carousel? What if you can engage your own personal notion of success, rather than what the commercials on TV are selling you? Becoming a self-published author may pave the way.
Once you’re a published author, you can leverage that success into new products—from a book series, to courses, lectures, and keynote speaking engagements.
The sky is truly the limit. If you can imagine it, it can happen. You can finally step off the hamster wheel and create a job and life you love. Don’t you owe it to yourself to take that chance?
Purpose #2: To Help People
One of the great privileges of the human experience is our ability to empathize with others. Simply by sharing an experience that you’ve had in your own life or a challenge that you’ve overcome can help lift someone up and inspire them to face the same challenges. You can literally change your readers’ lives for the better with your words.
Moreover, by sharing your experiences with the world, you become the narrator of your own life. You’re the one in control of your story, your destiny and your narrative.
Ultimately, by controlling the story, you take control over your past, and by extension, your future. By helping others, you may ultimately be helping yourself. How incredible is that?
Purpose #3: Fuel Your Passion
Each and every one of us has something in our life that we’re passionate about. The beauty of it is that we all have different passions, based on our unique life experiences, personalities, and circumstances.
Your passion project may be fueled by a life-long love of something—be it dance, or cooking, or animals. For others, their passion project is fueled by the need to educate others about a cause close to their hearts.
If you’ve recently overcome cancer, your passion might be educating others about the steps you took to overcome this major health crisis. No matter what challenges you’ve faced in life, you have a story to tell that can help others.
Your own unique voice will shape your passion project into something that will inherently connect with others that share similar circumstances. Simply by writing, you can help someone learn, cope, or find another voice to share their own life challenges—or to celebrate shared victories.
Your passions and experiences can impart a deeper meaning into your own life, as well as the lives of others. You just have to commit those experiences to print in order to make that connection.
Purpose #4: Make Yourself Immortal
Artists have known for thousands of years that the creation of art lives on beyond the grave. In fact, some of the most famous painters didn’t become widespread names until after they died.
You don’t have to be staring at a dire diagnosis to have the urge to create a lasting legacy. The power of the written word is that it’s indelible and enduring.
By writing your book, you create something that can be shared with future generations. Your children, your grandchildren, and their grandchildren will have a lasting testament of your story.
Knowing your words and thoughts will survive you is a powerful feeling. Writing a book affords you a sliver of immortally, and who doesn’t want that?
Purpose #5: Build a Financial Future
It’s true that money doesn’t give our lives meaning. However, the way you choose to spend your hard-earned cash can create meaning for yourself and others. A well-crafted financial plan can build a future for you and make a lasting impact toward causes you care deeply about.
Earnings from your book can go toward creating a non-profit, investing in a charity, or simply paying off your debt so your life has less stress and so you can enjoy your time while you’re here.
Money can’t buy happiness, or meaning, but you can use your book sales earnings to build something bigger than yourself.
When you look back at your life, you want it to be something you’re proud of. Writing a book can impart your life with a meaning that you didn’t even know was possible. Take the chance to make your own life a story that you don’t want to put down.
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